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The planning system and fast food outlets in London: lessons for health promotion practice

Caraher, M., O'Keefe, E., Lloyd, S. & Madelin, T. (2013). The planning system and fast food outlets in London: lessons for health promotion practice. Revista Portuguesa de Saude Publica, 31(1), pp. 49-57. doi: 10.1016/j.rpsp.2013.01.001


This article considers how health promotion can use planning as a tool to enhance healthy eating choices. It draws on research in relation to the availability and concentration of fast food outlets in a London borough. Current public health policy is confining planning to local settings within a narrow framework drawing on discourses from social psychology and libertarian economics. Policy is focusing on behaviour change, voluntary agreements and devolution of the public health function to local authorities. Such a framework presents barriers to effective equity-based health promotion. A social determinant-based health pro-motion strategy would be consistent with a national regulatory infrastructure supporting planning.

Publication Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Healthcare Services Research & Management > Food Policy
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